drifting in silence - ladderdown
derrick stembridge from nashville, tennessee is the brain behind the new release on tonAtom and he weaves a tight web from beatless and atmospheric ambiences which - unlike other artists' deliberately combined ambient sound layers - unveil obvious structures and a clear sound design. drifting in silence creates the space needed for associations and harmonic melodies, somewhere in between of brian eno and the highly appreciated geir "biosphere" jenssen.
at first ladderdown makes you feel safe. but just when you think you have found your key to this release, stembridge surprises with new facets like skillfully integrated electro-influences and groovy beats showing their sharp teeth.
the listener is moved up and down in waves while he watches all parts of the puzzle combine to a whole: an extremely multi-layered and versatile ambient release which just makes you want more.
November 9, 2010
One of the best albums of the last decade, period.
With the exception of the skippable second track (bad vocals, too atypical 'pop' to fit album), easily one of the finest albums I've heard in the last decade. Beautiful ambient guitar-work, haunting tunes, beautiful to fall asleep to. Such a shame that the second track will turn most people off it (loses a star for this). Love. Love. Love. Uphill battle and Process of Now are easily the two best tracks on the album, but the other's are easily close. Good work. Hope he (eventually) does more like it.
March 4, 2010
Heard you on Bluemars internet radio! very well done. I'm not a vocal fan but I love the used vocals! cheers.